Admissions decisions at the University of Cambridge are based solely on academic criteria - your ability and your potential. Along with all the other information you provide, interviews help Admissions Tutors to assess your application.
We invite everyone who has a realistic chance of being offered a place to attend an interview – more than 80 per cent of our applicants each year. If you have a good examination record and a favourable reference, you're likely to be invited to attend an interview. However, due to the level of competition for places, there are applicants each year who are not interviewed.*
If English is not your first language, a reasonable standard in spoken English is required at the time of interview, for example an overall IELTS score of 6 for sciences or 6.5 for arts and social sciences would normally be regarded as a reasonable score at the point of application. Please also see the English language requirements for standards that would be required by the time of entry.
* Not all candidates who are interviewed will be successful/made an offer of a place, but all those who are made an offer will have been interviewed.